Jul 15, 2008 Issue
AHA Releases Guidelines for Hypertension Management in Adults with or at Risk of CAD [Practice Guidelines]

The American Heart Association (AHA) Council for High Blood Pressure Research and the Councils on Clinical Cardiology and Epidemiology and Prevention have released guidelines on the management of hypertension in adults with or at risk of coronary artery disease (CAD).

Jul 1, 2008 Issue
Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy [Article]

The National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy has defined four categories of hypertension in pregnancy: chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and preeclampsia superimposed on chronic hypertension. A maternal blood pressur...

May 1, 2008 Issue
Managing Hypertension Using Combination Therapy [Article]

Combination therapy of hypertension with separate agents or a fixed-dose combination pill offers the potential to lower blood pressure more quickly, obtain target blood pressure, and decrease adverse effects. Antihypertensive agents from different classes may offset adverse reactions from each other...

Dec 15, 2007 Issue
ACCP Updates Guidelines for the Treatment of PAH [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) has updated its 2004 guidelines with evidence-based treatment recommendations for the management of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

Nov 1, 2007 Issue
Are Beta Blockers Effective First-line Treatments for Hypertension? [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Current evidence does not support the use of beta blockers as initial therapy for hypertension.

Oct 15, 2007 Issue
Aliskiren (Tekturna) for the Treatment of Hypertension [STEPS]

Aliskiren provides a new pharmacologic approach to treating hypertension; however, short-term studies have not identified a unique role. It is more expensive than commonly used first-line diuretics, and long-term safety has not been demonstrated.

Aug 1, 2007 Issue
Interventions to Improve Blood Pressure Control in Patients with Hypertension [Cochrane for Clinicians]

One large study of adults with hypertension showed that a rigorous, systematic program including regular patient review and aggressive antihypertensive drug therapy improved systolic and diastolic blood pressure and reduced all-cause mortality (7.8 to 6.4 percent at five years; number needed to trea...

Jul 15, 2007 Issue
Home Monitoring of Glucose and Blood Pressure [Article]

Home monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure levels can provide patients and physicians with valuable information in the management of diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Home monitoring allows patients to play an active role in their care and may improve treatment adherence and clinical outc...

Jul 1, 2006 Issue
Antihypertensive Agents for Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are the only antihypertensive agents with proven effectiveness for the primary prevention of diabetic nephropathy (defined as an albumin excretion of less than 30 mg per day on three serial measurements) caused by type 1 or type 2 diabetes. However, ACE...

Jun 1, 2006 Issue
Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Managing Hypertension [Article]

The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure recommends lifestyle modification for all patients with hypertension or prehypertension. Modifications include reducing dietary sodium to less than 2.4 g per day; increasing ...

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